Siemens Netherlands counts on Wireless Valley for complex wireless network design and management

Austin 11 April 2005Siemens Netherlands has purchased Wireless Valley Communications' LANPlanner software to model and deploy wireless LANs. The Siemens Group is one of the Netherlands' leading electrical engineering companies and one of the services it provides is design and implementation of wireless networks. For example, the organisation completed the design of a campus-wide wireless LAN for the Free University of Amsterdam (the VU). Siemens Project Manager Martin Slagt and his team now plan on using Wireless Valley software to improve wireless coverage at several large Dutch hospitals.

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Given the large scope of the project - 70.000 square meters of building coverage and an expected user population of 17.000 by 2006 - Siemens recommended that the VU purchase wireless network design software and they selected Wireless Valley LANPlanner as their design standard. Siemens Project Manager Martin Slagt and his team were quite impressed with the software's ability to understand and account for the various factors that impact a wireless signal. This capability was especially important in this project because the location had significant sources of signal interference. Being able to complete the design five weeks ahead of schedule and cutting the project costs in half convinced Martin Slagt that Siemens should purchase the software for use in other projects.

"We are able to offer our customers cost effective and highly optimized wireless network designs using Wireless Valley software", stated Martin Slagt. "The software will be particularly helpful in designing networks for the medical and industrial markets where signal interference is a large factor and in planning voice over wireless LAN networks."

Martin Slagt and his team are now using Wireless Valley software to improve wireless coverage at several large Dutch hospitals. Medical facilities want to ensure sustained mobile client access, particularly for the participants in the prescription supply chain, to help prevent mistakes in dispensing medications. The hospital's pharmacy staff receives electronic or handwritten prescriptions and files them in the patient's electronic file.

The nursing staff will use a wireless device to access the file in the patient's room and dispense the medication and dosage prescribed. Clearly it is important that these staff members have uninterrupted and secure access to ensure quality patient care. Martin Slagt noted that the software has also been useful in understanding the impact of interference caused by all the electronic medical equipment and building materials such as lead walls in imaging rooms.

"We are excited to be playing an important role in Siemens Netherlands' effort to change and improve the way WLAN designs are delivered and managed", stated Jim Welch, CEO and president of Wireless Valley. "Their implementations demonstrate the value of our predictive design approach in accommodating complex coverage and interference issues common in today's business environments."

Wireless Valley was the first company to introduce the concept of a predictive design approach which leverages site specific infrastructure information in the design, implementation and management of wireless networks in and around buildings. The composition and contents of a building such as the wall construction and electronic interferers can have significant impact on wireless signals, allowing them to spill outside the building, weakening them, causing interference or even blocking them entirely creating dead zones.

Adding to the challenge is the invisibility of radio waves. Wireless Valley software enables design engineers and IT professionals to interactively visualize how the wireless signals will propagate. The user is able to fine tune the network design by conducting "what if" analysis of different antenna positioning, cabling, base station and access point placement to determine optimum performance in real-time.

Once the network is installed, the user can manage and track the wireless and wired assets and simulate future changes prior to implementation. Wireless Valley's products save time and money by enabling companies to establish a repeatable and scalable process for designing, implementing and managing wireless networks. The process has been proven in thousands of in-building and campus deployments where quality of service requirements have been met, design and deployment costs have been minimized and investments in wireless equipment have been maximized.

Wireless Valley Communications is a provider of innovative software for the efficient design, documentation, monitoring and control of wireless networks. Enterprises, universities, multi-tenant office buildings, carriers and businesses worldwide look to Wireless Valley's software to easily plan, visualize, and manage any PCS, Cellular, 3G and 802.11, RFID and ZigBee wireless network. Wireless Valley has developed a rich intellectual property portfolio with more than 100 United States and international patents pending and issued.


Leslie Versweyveld

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